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Using an uncommon blend of storytelling and coaching, Tom Henschel created a unique and influential podcast. Eavesdrop on a monthly coaching conversation and get practical tools you can apply the minute the episode ends..

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Communication Skills

After two team members verbally attack each other personally, the team leader challenges his coach who’d once said, “Conflict is good.” Together they discuss productive conflict.

A team agrees: their weekly staff meetings are inefficient and a waste of everyone’s time. The team leader and his coach discuss ways to make all team meetings robust and valuable.

Competing for a senior executive role, a leader preps with his coach for the interviews he’ll face. They discuss how compelling personal stories are and how to use them to build a personal brand.

The leader of a high performing team uses a tool called “Plus/Delta” regularly with his team. This episode explores the hows and whys of using this powerful tool with your team.

A global VP needs help developing his direct reports into mature leaders. In conversations with his coach, he learns two questions to ask to foster engagement and improve performance.

A division president must manage a leader widely known to be a loose cannon. Being conflict averse, the president gets help from his coach who shares five ideas for dealing with the disruptor.

A leader knows he’s a muddled communicator. To help him fly in sync with others, his coach begins to shift his focus from communicating about his ideas to learning the concerns of others.

One of our most popular episodes. A leader and her coach explore four concrete tools for helping people develop and grow, along with two sticky metaphors about patience and perspective-taking.

A high-performing leader notices a pattern: he assumes people know how he will measure success. He and his coach discuss ways to make success more attainable for everyone.

In his coaching, a leader asks for help from his coach with a problem performer. Together they discuss five actions that can help lay the groundwork for possible termination.

A leader misses another promotion and is determined he won’t miss the next one. With his coach, he explores four actions to take, plus a way of thinking that will allow him to improve his odds.

Most leaders were successful individual contributors. As they rise, they often must learn delegation skills. This episode examines the barriers and behaviors surrounding delegation.

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